Feb. 9, 1855

The recent death of Mrs. Talfourd Durham, the oldest inhabitant of our city, at the advanced age of ninety-seven, seems to demand more than a passing notice. Mrs. Durham was born at Londonderry, N.H., in 1758, and came to Belfast eighty-two years ago. Her ancestry were what are termed ‘Scotch-Irish,’ and her father, John Brown, was the son of one of the emigrants from Ulster, Ireland, who came to America in 1718, and was among the original proprietors of Belfast, establishing himself here in 1769: a pioneer in the wilderness, then unknown, and unmarked by a single habitation from the Penobscot to the St. George.

Winter Arrangement. The Staunch and Fast Sailing Steamer T. F. Secor, Capt. Charles Deering, Master, will leave Belfast, every Monday and Thursday morning at eight o’clock, for Portland. Returning, will leave Portland every Tuesday and Friday morning at 6 o’clock.

Feb. 14, 1862

Recruits Wanted. One more chance for good Men to enlist in the Gallant Fourth Regiment. Co. H. G. Berry is still in command and his superior cannot be found in the Volunteer Service; and now is the time for all who think of enlisting to enlist in the best Regiment in the Union army. Good pay, good clothing, and a plenty to eat are all the inducements we have to offer. Therefore, rally, young men, and come to the rescue!

It is estimated Maine has furnished 4,500 horses for military purposes, which has raised prices and lessened the number of serviceable animals.

Feb. 14, 1868

Robbery Detected. Last October, the store of Creamer and Gillespie, at Saturday Cove, Northport, was robbed of about $350 worth of goods. The burglars made a good selection, taking the most valuable articles among the stock. Recently it was discovered that one Haskell, in Hope, has been selling similar goods, and a descent was made on this house. The bottom of the cellar was dug up and the goods found buried there, besides some that were the proceeds of other robberies. Haskell confessed this crime, and is now in jail.

Be careful of ashes. The High School House, in this city, came near being destroyed on Monday morning. A barrel full of wood ashes were found to be on fire, and the barrel burning freely. Our city came near losing a valuable building. Wood ashes should never be kept in wooden vessels. Under certain conditions of the atmosphere, they will take fire, and become like a mass of live coals.

Feb. 10, 1887

Mr. Foster, of Waterville, contractor for the extension to the Belfast Custom House and Post Office building, was in town last week. He says he shall begin operations in the early spring and hopes to complete the work in three months.

The Thomas H. Marshall Relief Corps, of this city, will give a calico dress ball and clam stew at Grand Army Hall on Wednesday evening, 16th inst. Admission 25 cents.

Feb. 14, 1918

Belfast Bay looks like a section of the Polar Sea as far as the eye can reach and will probably remain so for weeks to come. Malcolm McLeod of Islesboro recently took over four of his horses which had been at the Ralph A. Peavey farm in East Belfast. He was obliged to use planking over the channel cut by the icebreaker Favorite. Mail has been carried regularly across from Saturday Cove to Islesboro and people have walked on that section when necessary.

There are three good reasons why the kiddies should throw away their penny banks and buy thrift stamps: Mother cannot use them to make change for the meat man. They go on interest when the card is full. It is a big thing that even a little fellow can lend his money to Uncle Sam.